Library Director Salary

Library Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $59K annually, but may range from $28K to $94K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Library Directors (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of Library Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,347 - $96,209

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$9.55 - $29.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$32,347 - $96,209  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,025 - $94,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $29.41  
   
Overtime
$1.02 - $29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,025 - $94,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Survey results suggest that Library Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cataloging and Online Research. Those proficient in Budget Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Library Directors make a median salary of $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 12%



Administration
up arrow 2%

National Average
$55,000

Online Research
up arrow 4%

Cataloging
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 18%
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